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The Hammers. The Murdaughs. The Royal Family. These family dynasties are the elite-est of the elites: they’ve spent generations controlling their public image, amassing obscene amounts of wealth, and (no big surprise) have more skeletons than you can fit in your front hall closet. On Dark Dynasties, Syd Heller and Olivia Delaurentis dig into the corrupt, criminal, and straight-up weird stories of the rich and powerful to try and answer one question: Where did their power come from? And what is the real legacy these dynasties leave behind? Spoiler: It’s pretty, pretty dark.
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We’re talking tampongate, King Charles III’s infidelity, Prince Andrew’s sex tourism, and Princess Diana’s divorce settlement. Time and time again, royal romance isn’t coming up roses.This podcast contains sensitive information about violence, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.Find episode transcripts here: https://dark-dynasties.simplecast.com/episodes/the-british-royal-family-when-marrying-for-love-isnt-an-option-part-2
We’re talking tampongate, King Charles III’s infidelity, Prince Andrew’s sex tourism, and Princess Diana’s divorce settlement. Time and time again, royal romance isn’t coming up roses.This podcast contains sensitive information about violence, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.Find episode transcripts here: https://dark-dynasties.simplecast.com/episodes/the-british-royal-family-nazis-arent-the-only-ones-who-abdicate-part-1
Millions of dollars go missing. Multiple murders are unsolved. And investigators have only scratched the surface of the Murdaugh family’s Dark Dynasty.This podcast contains sensitive information about violence, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.Find episode transcripts here: https://dark-dynasties.simplecast.com/episodes/the-murdaughs-the-mysteries-that-remain-unsolved-part-4
A double murder rocks the Murdaugh family, and causes investigators to reexamine two more unexplained deaths in the family’s past. Just how many skeletons does one family need in their closet?This podcast contains sensitive information about violence, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.Find episode transcripts here: https://dark-dynasties.simplecast.com/episodes/the-murdaughs-only-murders-in-the-family-part-3
The search for Mallory Beach reveals Paul Murdaugh’s dark murderous behavior, while his family moves to sweep everything under the rug. But we have a feeling they'll need a bigger rug.This podcast contains sensitive information about violence, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.Find episode transcripts here: https://dark-dynasties.simplecast.com/episodes/the-murdaughs-the-disappearance-of-mallory-beach-part-2
A wealthy scion’s 2am boat crash changes 6 lives forever, and begins the end of five generations of southern power. Syd and Olivia do the math on the Murdaugh boat crash, and there's something fishy about it.This podcast contains sensitive information about violence, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.Find episode transcripts here: https://dark-dynasties.simplecast.com/episodes/the-murdaughs-boat-loads-of-scandal-part-1
Will Armie Hammer face any consequences for multiple accounts of abuse? Or will the Hammer Family dynasty survive and thrive through corruption for another generation? DISCLAIMER: This episode was recorded before the death of Michael Hammer.This podcast contains sensitive information about violence, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.Find episode transcripts here:https://dark-dynasties.simplecast.com/episodes/the-hammer-family-getting-away-with-it-again-part-4
Casey Hammer tells all about the rampant abuse in her family and it’s clear that the “Life of the Party” may have been a deadly misnomer. How does the Hammer Family keep getting away with murder? Is it the money, the power, or something else? From grandpa Armand to grandson Armie, investigators and informers uncover the truth.Find episode transcripts here: https://dark-dynasties.simplecast.com/episodes/the-hammer-family-murder-is-a-family-tradition-part-3
Why did Armie Hammer think he could get away with it all? Turns out cover-ups are a Hammer family tradition, starting with the founders of the Hammer Family dynasty. In this episode Syd and Olivia reveal how the Hammer family made their fortune, the scandals they covered up, and the PR, blackmail and money that made the system work. Corruption became a full time job for one Hammer in particular. We’re talking payments to the British Royal Family, bribes to multiple presidents, and more. Way more than we ever expected to find out.This podcast contains sensitive information about violence, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.Find episode transcripts here: https://dark-dynasties.simplecast.com/episodes/ep2-hammer-time
Star actor Armie Hammer’s leaked private DMs with multiple women show the world discovered what it really means to be a member of the Hammer Family dynasty. In this episode Syd and Olivia go through the rise and fall of Armie Hammer, and guess what? When one bad apple falls, you know it doesn’t fall far from the tree. And the further we go up the tree, the darker it gets: Lies, money-laundering, debauchery, cannibalism, and…wait, cannibalism? How did we get here? Oh right, we’re covering that in the next 3 episodes.This podcast contains sensitive information about violence, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.Find episode transcripts here: https://dark-dynasties.simplecast.com/episodes/ep1-weve-got-receipts
The Hammers. The Murdaughs. The Royal Family. These family dynasties are the elite-est of the elites: they’ve spent generations controlling their public image, amassing obscene amounts of wealth, and (no big surprise) have more skeletons than you can fit in your front hall closet. On Dark Dynasties, Syd Heller and Olivia Delaurentis dig into the corrupt, criminal, and straight-up weird stories of the rich and powerful to try and answer one question: Where did their power come from? And what is the real legacy these dynasties leave behind? Spoiler: It’s pretty, pretty dark.
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Sarah Black White

Great podcast, but one of the women parrots the other's words. It's annoying.

Jan 17th
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Dawn Good

I was looking forward to this podcast and am so disappointed. I have made it to the 5th episode and can’t go any further. These hosts are a joke, they sound like two middle schoolers gossiping. The sound effects and “PSA’s” are so ridiculous. There is nothing professional about this podcast, I can’t believe Discovery approved this nonsense. Save your eardrums and skip this one!

Dec 12th
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Nadine Marie

I'd LOVE to listen to this topic, but these chicks' voices are UNBEARABLE! (And this is coming from a woman) Good lord, calm down ladies!

Nov 18th
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